Raquel Buser, M.D., and John Heinbockel, M.D., MSEE, joined the Department of Anesthesiology in March.
Raquel Buser, M.D., joined us as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology on March 20. She joins us from Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO, where she was a medical director and pediatric anesthesiologist. Before that, Dr. Buser was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy and a pediatric anesthesiologist at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Dr. Buser earned her medical degree from the University of Colorado. She completed an internal medicine internship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, MA, an anesthesiology residency at Mayo Graduate School in Jacksonville, FL, and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Buser comes from a small town with limited healthcare access, and this has inspired her to pursue humanitarian causes. While serving as the sole pediatric anesthesiologist on the USNS Comfort, she visited nine countries in 72 days and performed 167 pediatric anesthetics.
Dr. Buser enjoys swimming, cycling, yoga, golf, tennis and surfing. She and her daughter, Maria, have two goldendoodles and two cats.
John Heinbockel, M.D., MSEE, joined us March 20 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Divisions of Neuroanesthesiology and Liver & Transplant Anesthesiology. He comes to us from HCA West Marion Community Hospital, where he served as chief of anesthesia since 2020. He has also been a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine since 2018. He has engaged in medical mission work in both Ecuador and Ethiopia.
Dr. Heinbockel earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida and completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also has a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida.
His research interests include neurocognitive disorders in the perioperative period and working with transplant patients. He is also interested in working with engineering students to develop projects to improve anesthesia delivery.
Dr. Heinbockel is a fifth-generation Floridian, with family history here tracing back to the 1810s. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking and swimming. He has competed in many U.S. Master’s Swimming competitions and has hiked trails in several states.
We are excited to welcome Drs. Buser and Heinbockel to the department!